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Chapter 14. Kickstart Installations

14.1. What are Kickstart Installations?
14.2. How Do You Perform a Kickstart Installation?
14.3. Creating the Kickstart File
14.4. Kickstart Options
14.4.1. Advanced Partitioning Example
14.5. Package Selection
14.6. Pre-installation Script
14.6.1. Example
14.7. Post-installation Script
14.7.1. Examples
14.8. Making the Kickstart File Available
14.8.1. Creating Kickstart Boot Media
14.8.2. Making the Kickstart File Available on the Network
14.9. Making the Installation Tree Available
14.10. Starting a Kickstart Installation

14.1. What are Kickstart Installations?

Many system administrators would prefer to use an automated installation method to install Fedora on their machines. To answer this need, Red Hat created the kickstart installation method. Using kickstart, a system administrator can create a single file containing the answers to all the questions that would normally be asked during a typical installation.
Kickstart files can be kept on a single server system and read by individual computers during the installation. This installation method can support the use of a single kickstart file to install Fedora on multiple machines, making it ideal for network and system administrators.
Kickstart provides a way for users to automate a Fedora installation.
All kickstart scriptlets and the log files of their execution are stored in the /tmp directory to assist with debugging installation failures.